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Article Comparison - Convention on the Protection of the Rhine

THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE FRENCH REPUBLIC, THE GRAND DUCHY OF LUXEMBOURG, THE KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS, THE SWISS CONFEDERATION, and THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY,

Desiring to work towards the sustainable development of the Rhine ecosystem on the basis of a comprehensive approach, taking into consideration the natural wealth of the river, its banks and alluvial areas,

Desiring to step up their cooperation on conserving and improving the Rhine ecosystem,

Referring to the Convention of 17 March 1992 on the protection and use of transboundary watercourses and international lakes and the Convention of 22 September 1992 on the protection of the marine environment of the north-east Atlantic,

Taking into account the work carried out under the Agreement of 29 April 1963 concerning the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine against Pollution and the Additional Agreement of 3 December 1976,

Considering that efforts must be made to further the improvement in water quality achieved under the Convention of 3 December 1976 for the protection of the Rhine against chemical pollution and under the Rhine Action Programme of 30 September 1987,

Aware that the restoration of the Rhine is also necessary to conserve and improve the ecosystem of the North Sea,

Aware of the importance of the Rhine as a European waterway and of its various uses,

HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS: